By AAMER MADHANI (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. authorities privately warned Iran that the Islamic State group’s affiliate in Afghanistan was making ready to hold out a terrorist assault earlier than bombings in Kerman earlier this month that killed 95 folks, a U.S. official mentioned Thursday.
The official, who was not licensed to remark and insisted on anonymity to debate the intelligence, mentioned the U.S. was following its longstanding coverage of a “duty to warn” different governments in opposition to potential deadly threats.
The official didn’t element how the U.S., which doesn’t have diplomatic relations with Iran, conveyed the warning about its intelligence on ISIS-Khorasan, often known as ISIS-Okay, however famous that authorities officers “provide these warnings in part because we do not want to see innocent lives lost in terror attacks.”
Iranian state media didn’t acknowledge the U.S. giving Tehran the data, and Iran’s mission to the United Nations didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
The Islamic State group claimed accountability for the Jan. 3 assault on Kerman, about 820 kilometers (510 miles) southeast of Iran’s capital, Tehran. The twin suicide bombing killed no less than 95 folks and wounded dozens of others attending a commemoration for the late Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the chief of the Revolutionary Guard’s expeditionary Quds Force, who had been killed in a 2020 U.S. drone strike in Baghdad.
In the time since, Iran has been making an attempt accountable the U.S. and Israel for the assault amid Israel’s struggle on Hamas within the Gaza Strip. It has launched missile assaults on Iraq and Syria. It then launched strikes on nuclear-armed Pakistan, which responded with its personal strikes on Iran, additional elevating tensions in a area infected by the Israel-Hamas struggle.
The Wall Street Journal was first to report that the U.S. had offered the warning to Iran.
ISIS-Okay was behind the August 2021 suicide bombing on the Kabul airport that left 13 U.S. troops and about 170 Afghans useless in the course of the chaotic U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.
ISIS-Okay has 1000’s of members and is the Taliban’s most bitter enemy and prime army menace. The group has continued to hold out assaults in Afghanistan and past for the reason that Taliban takeover.
Associated Press author Jon Gambrell in Jerusalem contributed to this report.